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A new aspect of honour violence has emerged in Finland: for the first time, Finnish women are seeking refuge from in-laws and relatives angered over perceived indecent behaviour.

Honour violence is relatively rare in Finland, but support centres have been set up to help women from immigrant families who become victims of their relatives' wrath. For the first time, they're now seeing Finnish women fleeing the threat of honour violence.

"I'm afraid of my ex-husband, his brother and all his relatives," one woman told YLE's current events programme Ajankohtainen Kakkonen. She married a foreign man who believes that the family has the right to control its women's behaviour, and take punitive action to correct perceived digressions.


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